AS our beloved Madiba once said, “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
Everyone seems to be talking about the “new normal” but Bay Harbour Market prefers to talk about “life as we know it”. This family destination opened its doors this month for the first time since the pandemic hit, to welcome back the spirit of Cape Town. All the sharing, laughing, admiring, shopping, dining, dancing and embracing is back – just with face masks and Covid-19 protocols.
And even with the doors closed, this little piece of paradise managed to make magic as Bay Harbour Market scooped the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2020 Award, placing it in the top 10% of attractions worldwide.
With the reopening of the market, the focus is definitely on all things local, including an awesome line-up of South African talent on the Fever-Tree Sound Stage every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday, September 18: Mark Haze
Saturday, September 19: Ashweeta
Sunday, September 20: Jake Gunn & Devin Smith
Friday, September 25: 1925
Saturday, September 26: Black Hats
Sunday, September 27: Hatchetman
An amazing selection of local wines, craft beers and gins are all on offer to enjoy with delicious cuisine, from street food to nibbly bits and platters. The market’s shopping experience includes top fashion, leather accessories, décor, art, collectables, crafts and gifting that is all unique and bespoke.
Apart from Bay Harbour Market, the region has more to offer: Take a walk down to Hout Bay beach or perhaps a drive around Chapman’s Peak for the world-renowned scenery. World of Birds, the largest bird park in Africa, is as old as the hills and still extremely popular, especially for the younger ones. If you are feeling adventurous, take a boat cruise and explore the coastline from a different perspective.